Grant requests accepted
North Portland residents and community organizations still have a few days to apply for the latest round of North Portland Trust Fund awards, which have helped support everything from tree-planting projects to drop-in centers for kids.
The fund is doling out up to $30,000 for community projects, as mitigation reflecting the 'good neighbor' policy of the Portland International Raceway.
A committee of seven North Portland residents will consider the grant requests, which must benefit the Kenton, Portsmouth, Hayden Island, Bridgeton, East Columbia, Piedmont, Arbor Lodge, University Park, St. Johns, Cathedral Park or Overlook neighborhoods.
Download an application at www.portlandonline/northportland or call 503-823-4099. Applications are due by 2 p.m. Thursday.NO
Uptown Hardware closes
Wednesday will mark the last day of business for Uptown Hardware, a Northwest Portland institution since its opening in 1950.
Duane and Sherry Ward, who opened Pearl Hardware at 1621 N.W. Glisan St. three years ago, cited rising rents and the growth of business at their new store as reasons for closing Uptown Hardware.
A spokesman for ScanlanKemperBard, the company that owns the Uptown Shopping Center, said a new client for the space has not been found yet.
The closing of Uptown Hardware leaves a large part of the residential area of Northwest Portland without a hardware store.
Benefit concert slated
Some of Portland's best gospel groups will take part in a concert Saturday that will help in the rebuilding of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Northeast Portland.
The 86-year-old church building, at the corner of Northeast Ivy Street and Rodney Avenue, was destroyed by fire just before midnight Feb. 6. Investigators still are working to determine the cause.
Saturday's event, organized by the local hip-hop gospel group PO Soul Entertainment, will begin at 6 p.m. at Calvary Christian Center, 126 N.E. Alberta St. Organizers request $10 donations.
Various groups throughout Portland are helping raise money for the rebuilding of the church. Donations also are being accepted for the Morning Star Catastrophe Relief Fund at all area Wells Fargo banks.
City rule's set for debate
Tonight a general meeting of the Lents Neighborhood Association will consider what Chairman Dewey Akers called a 'pressing issue' that does not appear on the agenda.
He said the meeting will consider how to 'push back' against a new policy adopted by the Portland City Council that requires the Portland Development Commission to spend 30 percent its urban renewal funds on affordable housing.
According to Akers, about two-thirds of the spending will go to rental housing. This is a controversial idea in Lents, where some activists feel their area historically has had more than its share of low-income residents.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Lents Adventist Church Auditorium, 8835 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.
Make tracks to see art
Eighty artists will have their works on display during the fourth annual Southeast Area ArtWalk this weekend.
From Southeast Ninth to 41st avenues and from Powell to Hawthorne boulevards, residents and businesses are scheduled to open their doors for free self-guided tours.
Free maps are at Southeast Portland businesses including Columbia Art and Drafting Supply and Muse Art and Design.
The event is supported by a joint $4,000 grant from the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations, the city of Portland and the Portland Development Commission.
Information is at www.seportlandartwalk.com.
Plaza design discussed
Hillsdale residents continue to work on designing a public plaza in the so-called Rieke Triangle between the back of the Hillsdale Shopping Center, Wilson High School and Rieke Elementary School in Southwest Portland.
Neighbors are invited to work with Portland Public Schools on design issues at the two schools, including the appearance of the north entrance to the Wilson Pool, directional signs on both campuses and landscaping.
The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of the high school, 1151 S.W. Vermont St.
Hillsdale Neighborhood Association President Don Baack said the results will complement - but not duplicate - ongoing efforts to design a plaza in the triangle area where the Hillsdale Farmers Market is held.
A series of community meetings sponsored by the association have resulted in preliminary designs for a covering, restrooms, storage areas and other proposed improvements that soon will be presented to local residents and business owners.
'We're trying to line up some ducks so we can get some things accomplished,' Baack said.
- Tribune staff